Ronda Rousey believes fighting requires one to be "absent of emotion." It would be hard to assume that is the case for Rousey, who has faced heated rival Miesha Tate not once, but twice inside the cage.
The women's bantamweight champion may appear to be a little hot under the collar sometimes, but she is not one to allow emotions to impact her performances. Whether it be friend or foe, the result will be exactly the same for her opponent.
"It doesn't change anything for me because I'm not an emotional fighter," Rousey told FOX Sports. "I have zero emotion when I go in there and fight. It could be my best friend in the world or it could be my worst enemy. I would fight them the same. I would fight Miesha Tate and Shayna Baszler in exactly the same way. I love Shayna and I can't stand Miesha but emotions have nothing to do with the way I fight. Fighting is absent of emotion for me."
Rousey's upcoming opponent is Ontario's Alexis Davis, who has been touted as a new kind of opponent for the champ. Davis holds a blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is also a Muay Thai fighter, which - theoretically - should trouble Rousey.
"It's definitely an interesting new challenge," said Rousey. "One thing that I couldn't stand when I was just watching MMA and coming from Judo was all these people talking about how the Jiu Jitsu people would beat any Judo player. It was such a stereotype that I thought, and still think, that I could beat any girl in the world, any weight division, gi or no-gi, black belt and in any ruleset they want, in just pure Jiu Jitsu.
"This fight against Alexis, who is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and the kind of person I've heard my whole life should be the type to tap me out no problem, would be nice to prove a point against her. Then again, I always have people saying that my striking is terrible and she's a well-noted Muay Thai fighter so any way that I can beat her I think would prove a good point."
UFC 175 takes place July 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com.